Oakland Unified’s new African American male student achievement office is co-sponsoring a free workshop next week led by Shawn Ginwright, a professor of Africana Studies at San Francisco State University. It’s called Putting Racism Aside: Working Past Hidden Bias.
It’s billed on the district’s Thriving Students blog as “NOT another diversity training.” The topic is “how white privilege shows up in working with urban children and youth.” I presume “urban” means children who aren’t white.
In what ways do you observe or experience white privilege at your school, or your child’s school? Do you think this kind of training can be eye-opening for school staff? How? Do you plan to go?
Event details, from OUSD’s blog:
Thursday, November 18th 2:30 P.M. – 4:30 P.M.
Marcus Foster School, 2850 West St. Oakland, CA 94608
This training is free of cost and is open to any individuals who work with foster youth in Alameda County. To register please call (510) 531.3111, x348/x106 or e-mail email@example.com. Limited space available. Participants must register by Friday, Nov. 12.
This is NOT another diversity training. Dr. Ginwright introduces participants to the subtle forms of white privilege and how they impact service to urban children. Participants learn a framework for understanding and responding to the manifestations of white privilege, particularly the denial of it. Participants practice identifying the layers of privilege, looking at how it serves to perpetuate the cycle of oppression of poor communities of color. People who work with children of color are highly recommended to attend this training in order to engage in this critical dialogue.
About the instructor: Dr. Shawn Ginwright is a Professor of Africana Studies at San Francisco State University. His recent book Black Youth Rising deals with the concept of ‘radical healing’ for urban youth of color, from various manifestations of social and racial injustice. Dr. Ginwright founded Leadership Excellence, an agency dedicated to creating social change through developing leadership in urban Black youth.
This training has been produced with the support of Oakland Unified’s African-American Male Achievement Office. For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.